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There are many ways to skin a cat! (or, play this par 5)

Do you have a tough par 5 on your home course?  When the hole presents elevation changes, water and trees, you need to consider different ways of playing it.

I learned recently on one of the toughest par 5's I have played, at my Mexico School course, to  lay off the driver and approach this hole with a 4 iron off the tee, a 5 iron to the second "landing area" and then a pitching or sand wedge to the green.  The hole has three rivers traversing the fairway.  One off the tee which is not . . .

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What are Your Favorite Finishing Holes in Golf? I Love #5!

The final hole of a golf course that hosts a PGA Tour event is always remembered more than any other, because of the exciting finishes we have seen there over the years.  Watching Tiger hole a "must make" putt at Torre Pines to get into a playoff with Rocco Mediate, or watching Craig Parry hole his second shot to win a playoff in dramatic style! 

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Which are the Toughest Stretches of Holes on the PGA Tour?

Is "The Bear Trap", "Amen Corner" and "The Green Mile" all just Media Hype? I think they started out that way, but have grown in the hearts of the fans to become places they can dream of one-day playing!  I have played "The Bear Trap", "Amen Corner", "The Snake Pit", Colonial's "Horrible Horseshoe," Carnoustie's tough closing holes, Shinnecock's "Middle Stretch" and Pebble's 8 through 10. They all have great memories for me, each with its own special place in my heart.  Thanks to Golf Digest

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Driveable Par 4’s! Don’t you love ’em!

I absolutely love driveable par 4's!  They bring out the gambler in me.  The challenge of a risk/reward shot.  Such satisfaction when you pull it off and drive the green, and sheer frustration when you make a bogey (or worse) on such an easy hole. In my stint as head professional at Humewood Golf Club, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the 16th Hole was just such a a driveable par 4, with trouble all around the green.  With both 15 and 17 par 5's, you had the opportunity to have 3 birdies in a row and . . .

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